You should always do your best to prevent pests from infiltrating your home. It's a fine line between seeing a few bugs in your house and having those few bugs turn into an infestation. Two of the types of bugs that can turn from a sighting of a couple into an absolute nightmare are cockroaches and bed bugs. You can learn how to avoid an infestation of either of these types of bugs in this article:
While cockroaches are usually drawn to filthy houses where there is always something laying around for them to eat, they can also just as easily infest a clean house when they find themselves being brought in the house from somewhere else. In order to prevent an infestation of cockroaches you want to make sure you do the following:
Keep your house as clean as possible
The first thing you want to do is to make sure you keep the house as clean as possible, especially the kitchen and bathroom. You want to leave as little food crumbs or other sources of food accessible to them as possible and this means not leaving dirty dishes in the sink and keeping counters clean, cupboards clean, and floors mopped. You should also keep up with taking the trash out as soon as it's full. If anyone eats in their bedrooms they don't want to let the dishes pile up.
Be careful what you bring in the house
One of the easiest ways to get cockroaches when you already keep a clean house is by carrying them in your house unknowingly. Anytime you purchase furniture or electronics from a thrift store, yard sale, estate sale, or anywhere else where those items were in someone else's house that you didn't personally know, you want to make sure there aren't cockroaches hiding inside those items before bringing them inside your home.
Bed bugs are often thought of as something to watch out for in seedy pay by the week hotels, but many people don't give much thought to getting them in their own house. However, this isn't as uncommon as you may think and they can be very easy to track in your house, and if you do, then you can be in big trouble. In order to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home, you should do the following:
Always give a room a look over before unpacking
Any hotel, bed and breakfast, rental cabin or other travel destination is at risk of bed bugs, no matter how nice it may be. This is due to the fact that a traveler may bring them in from their own home and then the room will get infested and stay infested until the staff learns there is a problem. This is why you should leave your luggage packed and set it on a hard surface, such as a wooden table, while you check the room out. Look under the sheets, under the top mattress, and on and in all of the upholstered furniture for small bugs. You may also want to look at the carpet nearest the bed. It's helpful if you have a flashlight and a magnifying glass since bed bugs can be hard to see. If you find any, leave the room immediately and demand another one.
Check everything made of fabric that's used before allowing it in your home
If you purchase anything used that's made of fabric, then you want to go over it in direct sunlight and look very closely for any signs of bed bugs. If you see bed bugs, then you should dispose of the item and not even risk trying to get rid of the bugs. It can be hard to get rid of them and it's not worth risking an infestation in your home.
If you find any cockroaches or bedbugs in your house you should have a pest control company like Arab Termite and Pest Control come out as soon as possible to take care of the issue for you. This way, you know it's been done right and you can put those bugs in your past.